I've been lurking here for a while and I thought it would be polite to introduce myself. My name is René Meijer, and I currently manage a team of e-learning developers in the University of Derby. I moved to England 3 years ago, after having lived in Holland for most of my life before that.
My 2 jobs in England were the first ones where my role was that of a line manager (I did have some prior project management experience). I found it tremendously challenging being an inexperienced manager in a new culture. I started listening to the MT podcasts hoping to get some ideas and support.
I must say MT has been excellent. I am enjoying my job so much more now because I have the feeling that I know what I'm doing, that I'm on the ball in stead of constantly chasing it. It has also had a noticeable effect on my team, my peers and my boss, who have all commented on my improved performance. So thanks a million to Mark and Mike, you have allowed me to create a new and better job for myself!
I hope to be able to contribute to these forums. My main areas of expertise are in the areas of learning and technology. The areas I feel I need to develop in are business and finance (things like writing business cases, measuring productivity and value added in a service environment) as I have no background in that whatsoever.
I think that's it from me for now.